American Proscenium

Spooking the Left’s Hobby Horse

Based on reactions from the political left to Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., one would think that American women have been stripped of fundamental constitutional protections.  Gone are the franchise, free speech, and the right to serve on a jury.  The Washington Post’s blog averred that the “Hobby Lobby case is an attack on women.”  Handwringers at the White House lamented that the decision “jeopardizes the health of women employed by these companies.”  Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, opined that this “ruling goes out of its way to declare that discrimination against women isn’t discrimination.”

So in what nefarious way did Hobby Lobby and other Christian-owned businesses conspire to discriminate against women and impair their health?  The business owners simply objected to paying for health-insurance coverage for four birth-control methods that prevent a fertilized egg from developing by inhibiting its attachment to the uterus.  Because they believe that life begins at conception, the Christian business owners felt that they would be aiding and abetting the murder of unborn children if they funded these methods.  The owners are not against all forms of contraception and voiced no objection to the 16 other FDA-approved birth-control methods that health-insurance plans must provide under ObamaCare. ...

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